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Lenten Letter 2021
My Dear Parishioners,
As the Church begins the holy season of Lent, we gather as a community mourning the loss of loved ones and the loss of our freedom to live normal lives. These times have reminded us how fragile life is and how truly dependent we are on God and on one another. Even with all the suffering and struggle, this Lent is an opportunity for us to come to a time of reflection and, as much as we can, prayer and silence.
Let us take our direction on this Lenten journey from the Holy Father Pope Francis. "God", said the Pope, is appealing to our hearts and our entire being, inviting us to Him". The Holy Father reflected on Lent as a journey of return to God and as an opportunity to deepen our love of our brothers and sisters.
This Lent, let us accept God's invitation and go to our Lord and deepen our love for our brothers and sisters. As we begin this holy time of Lent, let us join in prayer for the families, parents, children, and teachers of Saint Cecilia school and parish for all our loved ones and neighbors. Let us make God visible to each other in daily tasks of loving service as simple as a phone call to a person living alone or getting groceries for someone in lockdown.
As we move through Lent, let us remember that we journey together, that we need God and each other. Let us reflect on God's Love and Mercy and take comfort from the fact that as Pope Francis said: No matter how often we stumble, we can always turn to the Cross of Christ and contemplate in His wounds our own shortcomings and emptiness. By kissing those wounds, we will come to realize that there, in life's most painful wounds, God awaits us with His infinite mercy.
Please know that all the priests, Msgr. Arcamo and I are praying for all of you every day. May you have a blessed Lent!
Most Sincerely,


Fr. Rene



At this time, the Parish Office is open on a limited basis. To contact our Parish staff, please leave a message when you call. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.


  • As of Monday, February 8th we will celebrate one weekday (public) Mass at 9:00 AM, Monday thru Saturday.  Saturday (vigil) Mass at 5:00 PM and  Sunday Masses will be offered at 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM. 

  • To attend Mass, a signed waiver is required. Masks and social distancing must be maintained at all times. 

  • Please remember if you are ill, elderly, or simply anxious about coming to Mass for any reason, we remind you that all Catholics are dispensed from the requirement to attend Sunday Mass or Holy Days of Obligation during the current Covid-19 health emergency.
  • The above Mass schedule is temporary. 
  • The church will be open for visitation and personal prayer from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, thanks to the dedicated service of the Knights of St. Cecilia.

  • Remember: All Parish Masses are live-streamed, seven days a week via the parish website,


The priests and staff of St. Cecilia continue to pray for the health and safety of our parishioners and their families. While we are gradually resuming parish activities, the impact of COVID-19 on our global community remains an ongoing challenge.  As we go about the daily life of the parish as best we can, we wanted to update you on a few important matters and resources:



Please call our office if you would like to schedule a confession. You do not need to necessarily leave your name or any other identifying information but we do need a way to contact you in order to schedule a time for the appointment. At a minimum, please leave a phone number, and one of the priests will return your call. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the current health crisis.

If someone is critically ill and in danger of death or has died, please call our emergency contact phone number anytime, day or night, at 415-535-8719, and a priest will return your call.

To request a Mass Intention, please call the Parish Office at 415-664-8481 or email Irma Lavitoria at and provide the following information:
1.  Name of the person the Mass Intention is for and whether the person is living or deceased.
2.  Your name or the name of the person offering the Mass Intention.
3.  Your phone number and whether you would like a Mass card.
4.  Suggested $10 offering per Mass Intention or $5 offering for an unannounced Mass Intention. Checks are to be made payable to St. Cecilia Church.  Please send or drop off your donation to: 
St. Cecilia Church
Attn: Irma Lavitoria
2555 17th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116


Recently the Archbishop convened a meeting with all pastors to discuss the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the parishes of the Archdiocese. Several parishes find themselves financially challenged and funds will be made available to assist them through these difficult times. I am happy to report to you that, through the generosity of parishioners and the careful stewardship of our finances, St. Cecilia Parish and School currently remain financially stable. We do understand that this pandemic event has had a major financial impact on many of our parishioners and we are grateful for anything that you can continue to give. ONLINE GIVING ( is utilized by many parishioners and if you require assistance please feel free to reach out to the Rectory Office.



Do you live alone or are you in a circumstance that tends to isolate you? Think... Corona Virus isolation. If so, you may want to consider joining our "Buddy Phone Chain," a lively group of parishioners who regularly receive a reassuring phone call, and then make a call to a buddy in the phone chain. This a quick, non-intrusive way to feel safer and to check-in with someone you know. Your peace of mind costs nothing and only takes a few minutes each week. If interested, please call our "Buddy Phone Chain" coordinator, Diane Wienkauf at (650) 416-4741 or Fr. Paul at (415) 664-8481 to sign up or for more information.



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The Parish is offering a monthly Bible Sharing group. The group will meet on the first Wednesday evenings of the month at 7:30 PM and will be led by Terence Leung and Fr. Paul Arnoult.  It will be a one-hour meeting via Zoom and/or phone call. Prior to each meeting, we will select a scripture passage from an upcoming Sunday liturgy. During the meeting, we will read the passage and share perspectives, insights, and feelings. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link and a dial-in phone number before each meeting. All parishioners are welcome to join. To register for this class or for more information, please contact Terence at or call the Parish Office and leave a message for Fr. Paul.

Pandemic Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
the health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Pope Francis: An Important Statement Regarding the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession During  COVID-19 Lockdown/Restriction


VATICAN CITY (CNS) March 20, 2020 - People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or other serious reason can go to God directly, be specific about their sins, request pardon, and experience God's loving forgiveness, Pope said. "This is the right time, the opportune moment.  An act of contrition done well, and our souls will become white like snow.  Return to your father who is waiting for you," the pope said.  "The God of tenderness will heal us; he will heal us of the many, many wounds of life and the many ugly things we have done.  God welcomes every repentant sinner with open arms, it's like going home,  Lent is a special time to let God wash us, purify us, to let God embrace us. Yes, the best place for that is the confessional.  But many people today would tell me, 'Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because I can't leave the house?  And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want him to embrace me, I want the Father's embrace.' "the pope said his response would be, "Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says.  It is very clear: if you cannot find a priest to confess to, then speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth.  Say 'Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me' and ask for pardon with all your heart. Make and act of contrition, the pope said, and promise God, " 'I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now' And immediately you return to a state of grace with God."

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St. Cecilia's Church

2555 Seventeenth Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94116
Main Telephone: (415) 664-8481
Fax: (415) 661-2957



Parish Office Hours


Parish Office is open on a limited basis. To contact our Parish staff, please leave a message when you call. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.



Temporary Mass Schedule

as of February 08, 2020: 


Weekdays (Mon-Sat): 9:00 AM

Saturday (Vigil): 5:00 PM

Sunday: 9:30 AM and  11:30 AM

All Mass Schedule mentioned above  are Livestreamed at



Thanks to the Knight of St. Cecilia, the Church is open for prayer and visitation Monday - Saturday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM




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Please call (415) 664-8481
to make an appointment
with one of the priests to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.





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